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Speakers announced for the 2014 Annual and Purchasing Cooperatives Conferences

NCBA CLUSA is thrilled to announce the speaker lineup for the 2014 Annual Cooperative Conference and Purchasing Cooperatives Conference, joining forces for the first time this year to bring you a full week of cooperative networking.

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Editor and speaker Jack Keough will present at the Purchasing Cooperatives Conference. Keough was the editor of Industrial Distribution for 26 years. He is now a contributing editor to the magazine and a frequent speaker at industry events and seminars.

Keough will address the impact of amazonsupply.com on the purchasing industry. Learn about industrial distribution through technology. Now is the time to examine your web presence and expand your ecommerce offerings to better position your business for future growth. 

Jill Bamburg, MBA, will speak at the Annual Cooperative Conference. Bamburg is a co-founder and current director of Curriculum Development for Brainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), a graduate school at Pinchot committed to sustainable business.

She has served in both faculty and administrative capacities at BGI since 2002. The institute is an alternative to the traditional business school model for students who want to integrate their values about social justice and environmental sustainability into their education. 

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talk series connects community cooperators in Austin

Held at the newly-built Wheatsville Food Co-op just outside the city of Austin, Texas, NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talks convened more than 30 participants in an intimate discussion on cross-sector collaboration and the effect cooperatives have on Austin’s local economy.

Based on principle six (cooperation among cooperatives) of the seven cooperative principles, this event marks the third convening in the newly produced Co-op Talk series, which aims to build local cooperative cross-sector collaboration and discussion that strengthens and supports cooperative engagement.

The keynote, “The importance of Cross-Sector Collaboration between Credit Unions and Other Cooperatives” was presented by Courtney Moran, Executive director of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation. The 45-minute talk was highly interactive with participants listening, sharing and finding ways to apply the principles that were discussed.

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  THUMB 01 Final call for candidates for NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors election

Nominees of qualified candidates for the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors 2014 election are due no later than July 1 for consideration to fill five open positions on the 2015 Board of Directors.

The NCBA CLUSA Board directs, controls and inspires the trade association and international development organization. It brings consistent focus to strategic, long-term impacts and future opportunities to serve the needs of members; emphasizes proactive leadership in policy development and collective decision-making; and assures excellence in governance demonstrated by adherence to the highest standard of ethical conduct.

Eligible candidates must either be individual NCBA CLUSA members or the director or employee of an active or associate member organization. Nominations should include a 250-word biographical sketch of the candidate and a letter stating why he or she wishes to serve on the Board.

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  THUMB 01 USDA visit highlights Conservation Farming gains in Uganda

Value chain linkages have been key to the success stories reported during the two seasons that NCBA CLUSA has practiced Conservation Farming in Northern Uganda, USDA Program Analyst Lindsay Carter said during a recent three-day visit to NCBA CLUSA projects in the country.

Following a decades-long insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army that killed 100,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, efforts to solve food insecurity were hampered by a lack of knowledge to combat the effects of climate change on agriculture.

The Uganda Conservation Farming Initiative implemented by NCBA CLUSA and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has trained more than 60,000 smallholder farmers organized in 2,000 primary cooperatives and 13 Area Cooperative Enterprises (ACEs) and linked them to various partners.

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  THUMB 01 Webinar: National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives talks ethics and compliance for co-ops

The actions of its management and employees help shape the public perception of a co-op, making adherence to good ethics and best practices for compliance a crucial element of cooperative success.

“A good ethics and compliance program can communicate the expectations of management and set parameters for employees, helping to maintain the reputation and credibility of the co-op, said Bill Erlenbush, education director for the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC).

Erlenbush will lead a 60-minute live webinar co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA on July 18. Called “Ethics and Compliance: Why Are They Important to the Co-op and its Employees?” the webinar will unpack the basics of an effective compliance program through real-life examples of program creation and implementation within the cooperative sector.
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  THUMB 01 NRECA praises Menendez and Corker for “Energize Africa Act”

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker recently introduced legislation that promotes access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this press release on June 19, expressing appreciation for the senators' support: 

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson today thanked U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) for introducing the Energize Africa Act, legislation promoting electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa. The House passed companion legislation, H.R. 2548 on May 6, 2014.

“Rural electric cooperatives understand the potential for electrification to change lives and transform economies,” Emerson said. 

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  THUMB 01 National Cooperative Bank ranked #5 on Washington Post Top Workplaces list

The National Cooperative Bank is dedicated to strengthening communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial services with an emphasis on cooperative expansion and economic development. The leading financial institution released this press release about its recent ranking on The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces list:

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial institution dedicated to providing banking solutions to cooperatives nationwide, is pleased to announce that it has ranked as #5 in mid-size companies on The Washington Post's Top Workplaces list.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on an employee feedback survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. 

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  THUMB 01 Stonington employees buy three stores, creating largest worker co-op in Maine

The employees of three local retail businesses in Maine have joined together to purchase what is now the state's largest worker cooperative. The move is allowing longtime employees of the businesses to achieve economic security and build wealth through ownership, both for their families and their community. The Bangor Daily News published this news story on the new cooperative: 

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

Two local retail businesses and one in Deer Isle have new owners. More than 40 of them, to be precise.

After many months of planning, the employees of Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, and The Galley have purchased the businesses from Vernon and Sandra Seile and, in doing so, according to officials involved in the transaction, have created the largest worker cooperative in the state. 

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA’s workshops at InterAction Forum reveal growing interest in cooperative sector

InterAction Forum attendees who participated in NCBA CLUSA’s workshops last week expressed a keen interest in engaging the cooperative sector in sustainable international development, organizers said.

“The group was engaged and interested in deepening their knowledge of the cooperative business model,” said Amy Coughenour, NCBA CLUSA COO for International Development.

The annual InterAction Forum brings together leaders from non-profits, governments, philanthropy, corporations and civil society to advance collaboration, effectiveness and innovation in the fight to end poverty and secure a more sustainable and equitable future.

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  THUMB 01 Farmer to Farmer volunteer opportunities!

Do you want to join a global network of amazing volunteers who donate their time, energy and expertise to assisting NCBA CLUSA cooperative farmers in the field? 

We are now recruiting dedicated professionals in the agriculture industry to participate in volunteer assignments assisting farmers and cooperatives in the Matam, Bakel and Kaolack regions of Senegal. We currently have several exciting opportunities open in August and September 2014, each of which last 2-3 weeks long. See the opportunities on the left.  

Please email NCBA CLUSA Program Manager for Uganda and Namibia Jane Podolsky at jpodolsky@ncba.coop if you are available and interested in any of these opportunities. Podolsky oversees NCBA CLUSA's Farmer to Farmer program.

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NCBA CLUSA would like to thank the following sponsors of this year’s Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference.
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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Succession Planning for Co-op Members
2014-Jun-26 01:00 pm - to - 2014-Jun-24 02:00 pm
 
 
 
 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
2014 Annual Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-09 01:45 pm - to - 2014-Sep-11 11:45 am
 
 
 
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The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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